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Rick Springfield opens up about suicide

In an interview with ABC, singer Rick Springfield discusses mental health and his continuing battle with depression.


France would 'look with kindess' on UK Brexit change of mind - Macron adviser

PARIS (Reuters) - France would "look with kindness" on a decision by Britain to reverse the course of Brexit and remain in the European Union, an adviser to President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX retreats as lower commodity prices pressure resource stocks

TORONTO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Tuesday as lower commodity prices weighed on the shares of materials and energy companies.


EU 'still open' to Britain changing mind on Brexit

STRASBOURG (Reuters) - Donald Tusk, the European Council president, weighed in to new British debate on whether to hold a second referendum on Brexit by saying on Tuesday that Britons would be welcome to stay in the European Union.

Women and Girls

Op-Ed Contributor: Aziz Ansari Is Guilty. Of Not Being a Mind Reader.

How did a movement for women’s empowerment become an emblem for female helplessness?


Softbank plans $18 billion IPO of mobile phone unit as soon as spring: Nikkei

TOKYO (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to list its core mobile-phone unit in Tokyo and overseas as early as this spring, raising some 2 trillion yen ($18 billion) in one of Japan's biggest initial public offerings, the Nikkei newspaper said on Monday.

Female Genital Mutilation

She Ran From the Cut, and Helped Thousands of Other Girls Escape, Too

Nice Leng’ete started a program in Kenya to create new rites of passage to replace female genital cutting, and has saved 50,000 girls from the agonizing and controversial procedure.


METALS-Nickel retreats from 2-1/2 year high, zinc nears decade highs

* LME/ShFE arb: (Recasts, adds closing prices, details)


METALS-Nickel retreats from 2-1/2 year high, supply woes underpin

* LME/ShFE arb: (Adds official midday prices, details)


Bjorn eyes EurAsia victory with Ryder Cup in mind

(Reuters) - Captain Thomas Bjorn will look to lead Europe to a victory over hosts Asia in this week's EurAsia Cup with the event also serving as a dress rehearsal for one of the teams contesting the 2018 Ryder Cup.


Japan sees 70 percent chance of La Nina weather pattern lasting into spring

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's weather bureau said on Thursday that a La Nina weather pattern is continuing, with a 70 percent chance of it lasting into spring.

Trump, Donald J

Op-Ed Columnist: Caution: Entering Trump’s Mind

Half of him is feeling very bipartisan these days.


Anti-establishment Pakistani journalist escapes kidnap attempt

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani journalist, known for criticizing his country's military establishment, said on Wednesday he had narrowly escaped being kidnapped by armed men, in an incident that came months after he complained of being harassed by the security services.


Murray can get back if he puts his mind to it: Wilander

LONDON (Reuters) - Former world number one Andy Murray can return to the top of the sport despite the hip injury that forced him to pull out of the Australian Open this week as long as his mind is willing, according to tennis great Mats Wilander.


Investors sense opportunities in Big Oil - but mind the gap

LONDON (Reuters) - Investors are gaining confidence - up to a point - that 2018 will be the year of oil stocks.


RPT-Euronext becomes latest exchange to escape competition rule

PARIS/LONDON, Jan 4 (Reuters) - Euronext has joined a growing list of exchanges to win a reprieve from a new rule aimed at promoting competition in clearing services for derivatives trades.

Blanchett, Cate

Cate Blanchett to Lead Cannes Film Festival Jury

The actress is a vocal campaigner against harassment, and will be the 12th woman to take the role at a festival sometimes accused of disregarding female voices.


Australia's Cate Blanchett to head Cannes Film Festival jury

PARIS (Reuters) - Australian movie star Cate Blanchett will head the jury at this year's Cannes Film Festival on the French Riviera, its organizers said on Thursday.


Trump breaks with Bannon, says former White House aide 'lost his mind'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump blasted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon on Wednesday as having "lost his mind" in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. in excerpts from a new book.

Trump unloads on Bannon: 'He lost his mind'

President Donald Trump excoriated his former chief strategist Steve Bannon in a statement Wednesday, claiming that Bannon "lost his mind" after being pushed out from the White House. CNN's Jeff Zeleny reports.


Trump breaks with Bannon, says former aide 'lost his mind'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted former White House adviser Steve Bannon as having "lost his mind" in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., in excerpts of a new book.

Bannon, Stephen K

Trump Says Bannon Has ‘Lost His Mind’ After Bannon Insults Donald Trump Jr.

“Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my Presidency,” President Trump said in a statement. “When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind.”

Nissan working on mind-reading cars


Faster, lighter, springier: the quest for the perfect ski

ALTENMARKT, Austria (Reuters) - It is not just American hopes that will be riding on the performance of Mikaela Shiffrin when the world's top woman alpine skier takes to the slopes at the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month.


A Cuban Island That Has Played Both Paradise and Prison

The Isle of Youth — which has been both a Communist Utopian getaway and home to a brutal prison that housed Castro for a time — is a world apart, even by Cuban standards.

News and News Media

Mind: ‘Fake News’: Wide Reach but Little Impact, Study Suggests

Before the 2016 election, those most likely to read “fake news” online were older and conservative, a new study finds. But even they relied most often on mainstream media.

Prison Escapes

Why an Upstate Prisoner With a History of Escape Foiled His Latest

He cooked up an ingenious scheme to break out of prison. So he tried to make a deal. But it wasn’t just any plan. And he wasn’t just any inmate.


Free Your Mind? ‘Black Mirror’ Isn’t Too Hopeful

A new season of Netflix’s digital-age creep show warns that technology can empower misanthropes and misogynists.


Cigarette smoking during pregnancy linked to ADHD risk in offspring

(Reuters Health) - Children born to women who smoke cigarettes during pregnancy, especially when mothers are heavy smokers, are at an increased risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a new review of medical studies confirms.


GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks rally with surge in metals prices, U.S. dollar retreats

* U.S. dollar under pressure (Updates to U.S. market open; updates byline and dateline, previous LONDON)


World stocks in year-end rally as dollar retreats, copper surges

LONDON (Reuters) - Buoyant commodity prices alongside a pullback in U.S. bond yields and the dollar propelled world stocks to new record highs on Thursday, signaling the rally would likely extend into 2018.


GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks in year-end rally as dollar retreats, copper surges

LONDON, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Buoyant commodity prices alongside a pullback in U.S. bond yields and the dollar propelled world stocks to new record highs on Thursday, signalling the rally would likely extend into 2018.

Editorial: E.U. Reminds Poland How a Democracy Acts

By moving to control the judiciary, the Polish governing party earned a rebuke and the threat of losing voting rights in the union.

Wangchen, Dhondup

Tibetan Filmmaker Flees to U.S. After ‘Arduous’ Escape from China

The filmmaker was jailed for interviewing Tibetans about their lives under Chinese rule. His escape reflects a growing climate of repression in China.


Axel Springer in talks to buy Israel's Zap -source

JERUSALEM, Dec 27 (Reuters) - Private equity firm Apax Partners is in talks to sell Israeli shopping comparison website Zap to German publishing firm Axel Springer for up to 500 million shekels ($144 million), a source close to the matter said, confirming media reports.


Australian woman escapes the noose for drug trafficking in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - An Australian mother of three escaped the death penalty on Wednesday after a Malaysian court found her not guilty of drug trafficking.

Swimming Pools

Pursuits: In Palm Springs, to Pool Hop Is to Time Travel

Swimming in this sun-baked desert oasis is to tour midcentury modernism as seen through its famously fabulous pools. An astonishing 40,000 pools are within the city limits.

Vancouver (British Columbia)

Richmond Journal: In a Chinese Enclave of Canada, the Sweet Escape of Karaoke

The city of Richmond, which is now majority ethnic Chinese, provides ample opportunities for crooners who want to let loose in multiple languages.


Vietnam escapes damage after typhoon takes heavy toll in Philippines

HANOI (Reuters) - A storm that battered the Philippines killing more than 230 people in floods and landslides lost its power on Tuesday as it passed over Vietnam where hundreds of thousands had taken cover.

They escaped child marriage. Now they're speaking out

Eunice was just 9 years old when she was married off to a man older than her father.


Three women shot dead trying to escape burglars in St. Louis

(Reuters) - Three women were shot dead in a car as they tried to escape burglars who broke into a home in St. Louis early on Friday, the city's police department said.


BRIEF-Sandspring And Wheaton Precious Metals Extend Feasibility Study Due Date


Six mind-body tips for less holiday stress

There's no denying the joys of the holidays, but with all the shopping, parties and family visits, it's easy to get overwhelmed by emotional and physical stressors. Trust me, I know the feeling!

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund

The Neediest Cases Fund: Sharing His Struggle to Help Others Escape the Stigma of H.I.V.

Roscoe Boyd II kept his diagnosis a secret for years. A speaker at a prayer breakfast was part of his inspiration to become an advocate for those living with H.I.V.

Labor and Jobs

Op-Ed Columnist: The Workers Paradise

How Republicans can take care of their own.


False paradise? EU is no haven of Net neutrality, say critics

LISBON/MILAN (Reuters) - America's decision to scrap rules designed to ensure a free and open internet leaves the European Union as the biggest market where Net neutrality still prevails -- but critics say the EU is not a level playing field.


Mexico plots open trade course to escape Trump's NAFTA threats

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's 'America First' brand of economic nationalism is pushing Mexico to seek sanctuary in more open commercial ties elsewhere to soften the blow of a possible breakdown of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).


Want cheaper British car insurance? Mind how you shop

LONDON (Reuters) - Ever wondered what your shopping habits say about your driving? Britain's big supermarkets have.

Sanders: 'Your mind is in the gutter' over Trump tweet

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders states President Trump's tweets about Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) are not sexist, saying "only if your mind was in the gutter would you read it that way."

Trump accuser: He has escaped unscathed

Women who have accused President Trump of sexual assault and harassment speak against the President.


Philippines' Duterte to seek one-year extension of Mindanao martial law

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will ask Congress to extend martial law in the volatile southern island of Mindanao to quell an insurgency, cabinet officials said on Sunday.

Politics and Government

Macron Steps Into Middle East Role as U.S. Retreats

President Emmanuel Macron of France is carving out an ambitious and assertive global role, as many see the United States under President Trump abandoning leadership.

Five Travel Stories From 2017 to Help You Escape Into the World

From the coastlines of Europe to remote Kodiak Island, Alaska, here are five of our favorite stories to help you explore the world from your comfort of your screen.


Fugitive, convicted of $100 million Ponzi scheme, escapes from prison

(Reuters) - U.S. authorities are searching for a fugitive who escaped a federal minimum-security work camp in California, where he was being held for duping investors out of more than $100 million, local media reported.


South Africa's rand retreats as sellers return to take profits

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 6 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand weakened on Wednesday, giving back gains made after a larger-than-expected expansion in third-quarter GDP as investors took some profits on the recent rally.


Minnesota's two-year budget springs a leak in latest forecast

(Reuters) - Minnesota's biennial budget faces a deficit for the first time since 2013 as state revenue is expected to fall while expenditures climb, according to a forecast released on Tuesday.

Middle East and North Africa Unrest (2010- )

Five Strongmen, and the Fate of the Arab Spring

Leaders of five countries at the heart of the protests that erupted in 2011 — Egypt, Libya, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen — have met very different fates.

Travel and Vacations

In Haiti, Tracing a Paradise Lost

The U.N. says the country is now stable, and tourism is growing. But the former vacation paradise still has a faded beauty.

Books and Literature

Nonfiction: A Last Glimpse Into the Mind of Oliver Sacks

Nicole Krauss reviews “The River of Consciousness,” a book of Sacks’s essays covering his favored topics, like the evolution of life and the workings of memory.

Fodor, Jerry A.

Jerry A. Fodor, Philosopher Who Plumbed the Mind’s Depths, Dies at 82

Dr. Fodor brought the workings of 20th-century computer technology to bear on ancient questions about the structure of human cognition.


BRIEF-Beyondspring Says Initiates Global Phase 2/3 Trial With Plinabulin In China


Jerry Springer won't run for Ohio governor

Jerry Springer will not run for governor of Ohio in 2018, he announced Thursday on his podcast.


Spotify investor favors spring listing

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Venture Capital firm Northzone, one of the largest stakeholders in Spotify, would like to see the music streaming company's flotation in the spring, depending on market sentiment, one of its partners said on Thursday.

Murders, Attempted Murders and Homicides

Serial Killer Undone by Asking McDonald’s Co-Worker to Mind His Gun, Police Say

Authorities in Tampa arrested the gun owner, who they said was responsible for the shooting deaths of four apparently random people in a quiet neighborhood in recent weeks.

Great Britain Withdrawal from EU (Brexit)

Brexit Cost Rises as Britain Retreats on Divorce Demands

Britain has capitulated to the E.U., doubling its cash offer as part of exit talks. It was not the first time, analysts say, and won’t be the last.


Bruce Springsteen’s Tenure on Broadway Has Been Extended

The singer’s sold-out solo show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” was extended from Feb. 28 through June 30, 2018.

Sexual Harassment

Mind: Therapy for Sexual Misconduct? It’s Mostly Unproven

Some celebrities have promised to enroll in treatment following accusations of sexual impropriety. But experts say there is no proven treatment.


Springer Nature asks JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley to organise IPO - sources

FRANKFURT, Nov 27 (Reuters) - SpringerNature, the publisher of science magazines Nature and Scientific American, has asked JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley to organise its potential 4 billion euro ($4.8 billion) 2018 stock market listing, people close to the matter said.

US and Russia fight over extradition of hacking mastermind

A young Russian alleged to have masterminded a massive hacking of social networks including LinkedIn and Dropbox is now at the center of an extradition struggle between the United States and Russia.

Reading and Writing Skills (Education)

Opinion: How to Get Your Mind to Read

Comprehension depends on what you already know. Let’s start there.


EMERGING MARKETS-Colombia cenbank springs surprise rate cut; Mexico peso up

(Updates with Colombian central bank, final prices) By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Colombia's central bank lowered its main interest rate in a surprise move on Friday, while Mexico's peso strengthened after the nation's central bank chief said it was undervalued on a day of otherwise quiet activity in Latin American markets. Five of seven board members of the Colombian central bank voted to lower the benchmark rate by a quarter point to 4.75 percent, as policymake

As ISIS retreats, US is set to reveal troop numbers in Syria

The US currently has approximately 2,000 troops in Syria on an ongoing basis, mainly special operations forces, according to several defense officials.


Iran says Saudi Crown Prince's behavior 'immature, weak-minded': state TV

ANKARA (Reuters) - Iran said on Thursday that Saudi Arabia's crown prince was discredited internationally by his "immature" behavior, state television reported, after Mohammed bin Salman called Iran's Supreme Leader "the new Hitler of the Middle East".


Freed accused terror mastermind rails against India, Pakistan ex-PM Sharif

LAHORE/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A newly freed Pakistani Islamist accused of masterminding a bloody 2008 assault in the Indian city of Mumbai called ousted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif a "traitor" on Friday for seeking peace with neighbor and arch-foe India.

Defector recovering after daring escape

A North Korean soldier is recovering in a South Korean hospital after his daring escape across the DMZ. CNN's Anna Coren reports.

Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Saudi Arabia’s Arab Spring, at Last

The crown prince has big plans to bring back a level of tolerance to a society that was once a moderate

NFL teams are turning to mindfulness

As football coaches keep players ready through the season, they work to perfect tackles, improve running games and make sure everyone knows all the plays by heart.

Watch North Korean defector's escape

CNN's Brian Todd breaks down the dramatic video of a North Korean soldier's bold dash across the DMZ.

If Trump can change his mind on hunting, why not on Haiti?

Watch his escape caught on camera

CNN's Brian Todd walks through dramatic video of the daring escape a North Korean soldier carried out while crossing the border into South Korea.


BRIEF-Sandy Spring Bancorp receives regulatory approvals for WashingtonFirst Bankshares deal

* Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. receives all regulatory approvals for acquisition


Fed approves Sandy Spring Bancorp merger with WashingtonFirst Bankshares

WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve Wednesday approved a merger between Sandy Spring Bancorp Inc and WashingtonFirst Bankshares Inc.


Alabama prisoner recaptured after second escape in three weeks

(Reuters) - An Alabama prisoner was captured in DeKalb County, Georgia, on Tuesday, just days after his second jailbreak in three weeks, authorities said on Wednesday.

Watch defector's escape caught on camera

A North Korean soldier who defected across the demilitarized zone has had his escape caught on camera.


Escape from North Korea: video shows defector under fire

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean border guard briefly crossed the border with the South in the chase for a defector last week - a violation of the ceasefire accord between North and South, a video released on Wednesday by the U.N. Command (UNC) in Seoul showed.

Computers and the Internet

State of the Art: Twitter, It’s Time to End Your Anything-Goes Paradise

Twitter should scrap a founding principle — everyone gains equal footing and any behavior is tolerated — and create a new system that rewards positive contributions.


BRIEF-Sharpspring files prospectus supplement related to resale of 2 mln shares of co's common stock by selling security holder

* Sharpspring Inc files prospectus supplement related to resale of 2 million shares of co's common stock by selling security holder - sec filing‍​ Source text -( Further company coverage:

Eighth child death from IKEA dresser prompts recall reminder

Amid reports of another child death, IKEA is reminding customers who purchased some of its dressers that they need to be fastened to the wall or they may tip and fall. The reminder is part of the company's reannouncement of a 2016 recall of many of its dressers and chests following reports of injuries and deaths of children.


Twenty Chinese Uighurs use blankets to escape Thai cell

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Twenty ethnic Uighur Muslims from China broke out of a detention center near the Thai-Malaysia border, Thai officials said on Monday, after digging holes in the wall and using blankets as ladders.


Asian shares subdued after Wall Street retreats, euro slips

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares started the week on the back foot on Monday, pressured by a retreat on Wall Street amid tax reform uncertainty while the euro skidded after German coalition talks hit an impasse.


GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares subdued after Wall St retreats, euro slips

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Asian shares started the week on the back foot on Monday, pressured by a retreat on Wall Street amid tax reform uncertainty while the euro skidded after German coalition talks hit an impasse.


Helping the poor is a 'Passport to Paradise,' Pope says

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis welcomed the poor, homeless and unemployed as guests of honor for a Mass and gourmet meal in the Vatican on Sunday, saying that helping the needy was one way of obtaining a "passport to paradise".

Evangelical Movement

Opinion: How to Escape From Roy Moore’s Evangelicalism

If you don’t think right-wing politics should dominate Christian life, where can you find the right congregation?

The ultimate Iceland escape?

Three questions for more mindful parenting

Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace" is one of literature's greatest hits. It also contains more than half a million words. I'll get to it eventually, possibly not before I retire.


CEE MARKETS-FX, stocks rebound as Asia stocks rise and euro retreats

* Profit-taking after euro rally mostly helps CEE currencies * Budapest leads stock rebound on MOL, upgraded by S&P * Leu remains under pressure from politics, overheating fears * Croatia starts marketing 2030-expiry euro bonds By Sandor Peto BUDAPEST, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Central European currencies and equities mostly firmed on Thursday on relief that the past week's global stocks sell-off had not continued in Asia overnight, indicating less risk aversion. Regional c


BRIEF-Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals announces positive top-line results from the second cohort of part A of the phase 2 achieve trial

* Spring Bank Pharmaceuticals announces positive top-line results from the second cohort of part A of the phase 2 achieve trial

Hawaii mental hospital escapee is found in California



U.S. Justice Dept eyes spring to release findings on FBI handling of Clinton email probe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The internal watchdog at the U.S. Justice Department said on Wednesday he hopes to complete his review by early spring into whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation erred when it announced it was reopening its investigation into Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's emails ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

Jews and Judaism

Op-Ed Contributor: Roy Moore Reminds Me of My Rabbi

When a religious man violates you, you aren’t robbed just of your dignity. You are also robbed of your faith.


METALS-Shanghai nickel retreats on lacklustre China data

SYDNEY, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Chinese nickel futures on Tuesday pulled back, after leading most metals higher earlier in the session, following data from China which pointed to moderating growth over the next few quarters.


Defecting North Korean soldier critical after escape in hail of bullets

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean soldier is expected to survive critical wounds he received when his old comrades fired a hail of bullets at him as he made a defection dash to South Korea, the South's government and military said on Tuesday.


Defecting North Korean soldier shot several times after abandoning escape car

SEOUL (Reuters) - The North Korean soldier shot while defecting to the South on Monday was racing towards the border in a car when a wheel came loose, forcing him to escape on foot under fire from North Korean soldiers, the South Korean government and military said.


Man pleads guilty to U.S. Army Reserve weapons theft, jail escape

BOSTON (Reuters) - A Massachusetts man has pleaded guilty to charges that he stole weapons from a U.S. Army Reserve facility, escaped from jail awaiting trial for the theft and then tried to rob two banks, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

Mindblowing photos of people and art

He first picked up a camera by chance; now Stefan Draschan makes a living taking photographs by chance.

Tax Shelters

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Paradise Papers Show How Misguided the G.O.P. Is on Taxes

We don’t need to make it easier for companies to bilk us.

Why the church shooting hasn't changed these rural Texans' minds

A mile down the road, a heavily armed killer had just crashed his car after committing the worst mass shooting in the state's history. Joel Robbins hopped in his car, where he keeps a loaded .38 revolver, and rushed to the scene.


Brexit never? Britain can still change its mind, says Article 50 author

LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Theresa May should stop misleading voters and admit that Brexit can be avoided if Britain decides to unilaterally scrap divorce talks, the man who drafted Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will say on Friday.


Wall St. retreats on worries over delays in tax-cut plan

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Nasdaq were on track to post their biggest one-day percentage losses in about two weeks as doubts on whether Republican would be a able to pulloff their promised tax-cut plan weighed on the markets.


US STOCKS-Wall St retreats on worries over delays in tax-cut plan

* Indexes down: Dow 0.36 pct, S&P 0.34 pct, Nasdaq 0.49 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)


BRIEF-SharpSpring reports Q3 loss per share $0.20 from continuing operations

* Q3 non-GAAP core loss per share $0.16 from continuing operations Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


The Paradise Papers: Endowments Boom as Colleges Bury Earnings Overseas

American universities are using offshore strategies to swell their coffers, skirt taxes and obscure investments that could spark campus protests.


LVMH boss Arnault says assets referred to in "Paradise Papers" known to tax bodies

PARIS (Reuters) - Bernard Arnault, France's richest billionaire and the head of luxury goods group LVMH , said on Wednesday that assets referred to by Le Monde newspaper, in the "Paradise Papers" leaks tracking tax affairs, were known to tax authorities.

Europe Edition: Paradise Papers, Tariq Ramadan, Twitter: Your Wednesday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


Texas church gunman escaped mental facility in 2012 while facing court-martial

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters) - The former U.S. serviceman who committed the deadliest mass shooting on record in Texas escaped from a mental hospital in 2012 as he faced court-martial on domestic violence charges for which he was later convicted, a police report revealed on Tuesday.


Parental exposure to hazardous agents tied to eye tumors in offspring

(Reuters Health) - Parents’ exposure to chemicals at work might be linked to eye cancer in their children, a report from some of the world’s leading childhood cancer experts suggests.


UPDATE 1-Dutch tax breaks under fire after "Paradise Papers" leaks

AMSTERDAM, Nov 7 (Reuters) - Dutch tax breaks to large international companies came under renewed fire on Tuesday after newly leaked documents revealed errors in the drafting of a tax ruling for U.S. consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble.


Texas church gunman escaped mental facility in 2012: police report

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Texas (Reuters) - The man who carried out one of the deadliest U.S. mass shootings escaped from a mental health facility in 2012, the same year he was convicted by a U.S. Air Force court-martial of domestic abuse, according to a police report.

Shooter's past: Report says he escaped behavior center in '12

Texas church gunman Devin Kelley escaped a New Mexico mental health facility in 2012, according to documents from the El Paso Police Department.

Kelley, Devin P (1991-2017)

Texas Gunman Once Escaped From Mental Health Facility

Devin P. Kelley, who killed 26 people at a church on Sunday, was found by police after leaving a treatment center, according to a 2012 police report that also said he had threatened his Air Force superiors.

Tax Shelters

The Paradise Papers: How Business Titans, Pop Stars and Royals Hide Their Wealth

Records from an offshore hideaway show how an American billionaire grew one of the world’s largest trusts and another owned part of a company accused of exploiting the poor.


The battle for minds: Britain expands project on mental health in terrorism

LONDON (Reuters) - A project looking at links between mental health and terrorism in three English cities has been expanded nationwide after it found a significant number of people referred to counter-radicalization programs suffer some form of mental illness.

Tax Shelters

Op-Ed Contributor: The Paradise Papers Hacking and the Consequences of Privacy

In the world of offshore finance, confidentiality long ago became a corrosive secrecy.

Gun Control

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Sutherland Springs Only Happens to Be in Texas

There is nothing particularly Lone Star State-ish about a mass killing these days. Ask New York, or Las Vegas.

Gun Control

Domestic Abusers Are Barred From Gun Ownership, but Often Escape the Law

In 1996, domestic abusers were legally barred from owning a gun, yet a large percentage of mass gunmen have domestic violence in their backgrounds.


EU to discuss tax havens blacklist after 'Paradise Papers' leaks

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union states will on Tuesday bring forward a discussion on plans for a tax havens' blacklists after newly leaked documents revealed investments by wealthy individuals and institutions around the globe, officials said.

Tax Shelters

The Paradise Papers: After a Tax Crackdown, Apple Found a New Shelter for Its Profits

The tech giant has found a tax haven in the island of Jersey, leaving billions of dollars untouched by the United States, leaked documents reveal.

Airlines and Airplanes

The Paradise Papers: From Utah, Secretive Help for a Russian Oligarch and His Jet

Records leaked from an offshore law firm show how the wealthy elite sidestep prohibitions on foreigners registering private planes in the United States.


BRIEF-Mind CTI Ltd posts qtrly earnings per share $0.06 ‍​

* Mind CTI Ltd qtrly revenues were $4.6 million, compared to $4.5 million in the third quarter of 2016‍​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


India orders investigation after Paradise Papers leak

NEW DELHI, Nov 6 (Reuters) - India on Monday formed a panel of government officials to investigate cases that figure in the so-called Paradise Papers, a trove of leaked documents about offshore investments of wealthy individuals and institutions.

Texas Shooting, Paradise Papers, Shalane Flanagan: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.


China warns on overseas content after Springer Nature pulls some articles

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese distributors of overseas publications must verify that the content is legal in China, Beijing said late on Sunday, after a major western publisher blocked access to some content in the country citing local regulations.

Sutherland Springs, Tex, Shooting (2017)

Sutherland Springs: A Post Office, No Traffic Light and Now a Mass Murder

Before the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., the area was best known as a onetime destination for wealthy tourists.

Multiple fatalities at church in Sutherland Springs

Multiple people have been killed and others injured in a shooting Sunday at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, authorities said. The shooter was killed after a brief chase north into neighboring Guadalupe County, according Guadalupe County Sheriff's Office spokesman Robert Murphy. It is unclear if the shooter was killed by police or took his own life, Murphy said.

Trump tweets 'May God be with the people of Sutherland Springs'

Asia and Australia Edition: Japan, North Korea, Paradise Papers: Your Monday Briefing

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

Multiple people shot at church in Sutherland Springs

The FBI and police are on scene of a church shooting in Texas. CNN's Kaylee Hartung reports.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

The Paradise Papers: Kremlin Cash Behind Billionaire’s Twitter and Facebook Investments

Leaked files show that a state-controlled bank in Moscow helped to fuel Yuri Milner’s ascent in Silicon Valley, where the Russia investigation has put tech companies under scrutiny.

Russian Interference in 2016 US Elections and Ties to Trump Associates

The Paradise Papers: Commerce Secretary’s Offshore Ties to Putin ‘Cronies’

Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, retained investments in a shipping firm with business ties to Russian President Vladimir V. Putin’s inner circle.

Tax Shelters

The Paradise Papers: Millions of Leaked Files Shine Light on Where the Elite Hide Their Money

The leak, called the Paradise Papers, centers on an offshore law firm that has helped obscure the wealth of multinational companies and the superrich.

CIA wondered if Oswald sought visas as part of an escape plan

CIA officials wondered in the days after President John F. Kennedy's assassination whether Lee Harvey Oswald's efforts to obtain visas to travel to Russia had been part of an escape plan, newly released government documents show.

How one family escaped from ISIS

Arwa Damon talks with one of the last families to leave Raqqa, Syria, a city that was once the main stronghold of ISIS.

Global Warming

News Analysis: A Climate Science Report That Changes Minds? Don’t Bet on It

Opinions on climate change largely follow partisan lines and a dire new report is unlikely to reset the political debate.


Trump heads to Japan with North Korea on his mind

HONOLULU (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump heads to Japan on the first stop of his five-nation tour of Asia on Saturday, looking to present a united front with the Japanese against North Korea as tensions run high over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.

Travel and Vacations

Puerto Rico on Her Mind: How to Help a Stricken Island Called Home

Many loyal visitors to the Caribbean, including this writer, plan to travel to their island getaways, eager to help out, if only with their tourism dollars.

United States Politics and Government

Op-Ed Columnist: Can Republicans Escape Trump in 2020?

Only if something happens to weaken his hold on Republicans.


Month into trial, North Korean 'masterminds' behind Kim Jong Nam killing a mystery

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - One month into the trial of the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's half-brother, Malaysian prosecutors have focused on two accused women, but have shed no light on four prime North Korean suspects.


CEE MARKETS-Crown retreats after CNB signals more modest hikes ahead

* Crown falls from 4-year high after Czech central bank rate hike * Rate hike was smaller as some bets, and unanimous decision * Budapest stocks hit record high on pre-earnings MOL gains * Kuna trades at weakest level since January (Recasts with Czech central bank interest rate decision and crown reaction) By Sandor Peto and Jason Hovet BUDAPEST/PRAGUE, Nov 2 (Reuters) - The Czech crown retreated from a 4-year high on Thursday on surpise that the central bank's board ha


Woman narrowly escaped deadly shooting near University of Utah

(Reuters) - A woman narrowly escaped from a 24-year-old drifter suspected of shooting and killing a University of Utah student from China during an attempted carjacking, police said on Wednesday.


Springer Nature blocks access to certain articles in China

BEIJING (Reuters) - Springer Nature, which publishes science magazines Nature and Scientific American, said on Wednesday it had pulled access to a small number of articles in China to comply with regulations, adding that it viewed the move as regrettable but necessary.


METALS-London copper retreats as dollar advances

SYDNEY, Oct 31 (Reuters) - London copper returned overnight gains in Asian trading on Tuesday on the back of a stronger U.S. dollar.

Sex Crimes

Mind: What Experts Know About Men Who Rape

Scientists once thought men who commit rape and sexual assault were so diverse that common factors could not be found. But patterns have begun to emerge in the research.


METALS-Copper rises from two-week low as dollar retreats

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Copper rose on Monday, pulling away from the previous session's two-week low as a retreat in the dollar after its biggest one-week gain this year tempted buyers back to the metal.

Children's sleep weighs heavy on parents' minds

Waking up in the night. Waking early. Trouble falling asleep. Behavioral sleep problems like these affect 20 to 30 percent of young children.


Syrian hostages who escaped Islamic State receive rapturous homecoming

Qaryatayn, SYRIA (Reuters) - Twenty six Syrian hostages who escaped from their Islamic State captors received an emotional homecoming on Sunday in the central province of Homs, witnesses and officials said.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual Misconduct in California’s Capitol Is Difficult to Escape

Women in Sacramento complain of a culture of rampant sexual misconduct and of a system that does not seriously address their complaints.

Inmate who escaped in disguise is captured

A West Virginia inmate who broke out of jail by disguising himself as a civilian has been captured after four days on the run, according to the state's Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety.


Mindful of history, Germans mobilize against rise of far-right AfD

BERLIN (Reuters) - German civil rights groups are mobilizing against the newly elected far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and other more hardline groups, vowing to avert the even stronger rightward lurch seen in neighboring countries.


BRIEF-First Mining Finance gives update on permitting activities for Springpole

* First mining finance provides update on permitting activities for its Springpole gold project Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:


NZ Prime Minister heads to trade talks with foreign investment ban on her mind

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Thursday she will seek to renegotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement in Vietnam in two weeks' time to allow the government to ban foreign speculators buying New Zealand existing homes.


The Rockettes Own Christmas. But Spring Is a Tough Nut to Crack.

The Radio City Rockettes have owned Christmastime for more than eight decades. But they have yet to create a warm-weather franchise.


Wall St. retreats from record as industrials, tech lag

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks declined on Monday as each of the major Wall Street indexes retreated from a record, weighed down by a drop in technology and industrial shares.

Rumors and Misinformation

Mind: How Fiction Becomes Fact on Social Media

Platforms like Facebook and Twitter offer up memes designed to feel real, if only for an instant — long enough for our minds to make a false connection.

Opinion: Bush and Obama remind us this is not normal

We spent this week debating whether or not past presidents of the United States reached out to the families of the men and women who bravely lost their lives serving our country. That is how low our politics have sunk.


Brazil's Temer escapes corruption charges in committee vote

BRASILIA (Reuters) - A congressional committee voted 39-26 on Wednesday to reject charges against Brazilian President Michel Temer stemming from a corruption case involving the world's largest meatpacker.


UPDATE 1-Brazil's Temer escapes corruption charges in committee vote

BRASILIA, Oct 18 (Reuters) - A congressional committee voted 39-26 on Wednesday to reject charges against Brazilian President Michel Temer stemming from a corruption case involving the world's largest meatpacker.


BRIEF-Sandy Spring Bancorp, WashingtonFirst Bankshares stockholders approve merger

* Sandy Spring Bancorp, Inc. and WashingtonFirst Bankshares, Inc. receive stockholder approvals for acquisition


Boeing calls CSeries deal a bid to escape U.S. import fees

PARIS, Oct 17 (Reuters) - U.S. planemaker Boeing dismissed a deal between Airbus and Bombardier to partner on Canada's CSeries jet, calling it an attempt to sidestep import duties recommended by the U.S. Commerce Department following a Boeing trade complaint.


BRIEF-Springhouse Capital (Master) L.P​ reports 5.7 pct passive stake in Fifth Street Finance Corp

* Springhouse Capital (Master) L.P​ reports 5.7 percent passive stake in Fifth Street Finance Corp as of October 6, 2017 - ‍SEC filing Source text: ( Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

Congestion Pricing

Economic Trends: Why Surge Prices Make Us So Mad: What Springsteen, Home Depot, and a Nobel Winner Know

People typically don’t like it when prices fluctuate with supply and demand, but there are ways companies can make it more palatable and fair.

Benjamin Paddock

Father’s History Could Offer Insight Into Mind of Las Vegas Gunman

The F.B.I. is building a psychological profile of Stephen Paddock. Among the most telling documents might be a yellowed, four-page psychiatric evaluation of his father.


Russia cinema chain, changing mind, will run film about tzar's affair

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's largest cinema chain said on Friday it had changed its mind and would now run the film "Matilda" despite threats from religious conservatives slamming the film as blasphemous.

Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

Philippines Retreats From Threat to Expel E.U. Envoys

President Rodrigo Duterte’s warning to European ambassadors was based on condemnation by a group he thought represented the bloc.


Review: The Brilliant Disguises of ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

In a hybrid of concert and autobiography, Bruce Springsteen delivers a major statement about his life’s work — but also a major revision of it.


Two North Carolina prison employees killed during escape attempt

(Reuters) - Two employees at a North Carolina prison were killed on Thursday, during an escape attempt that involved fires set in the facility, but no inmate broke out, officials said.

Genetics and Heredity

Trilobites: Jeremy the Lefty Snail Is Dead. His Offspring Are All Right.

The brown garden snail won international fame for a mutation that caused his shell to coil left instead of right, making it difficult to mate with other snails.


CANADA STOCKS-TSX retreats as energy stocks pressured by oil prices

TORONTO, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index pulled back from a 7-1/2-month high on Thursday with broad declines led by energy stocks under pressure from weaker oil prices.


Employees hurt, fires set in attempted escape at North Carolina prison

(Reuters) - Police rushed to a North Carolina prison on Thursday after fires were set and several of the facility's employees were injured during an attempted escape, officials said.

Netflix Inc

Review: Netflix’s ‘Mindhunter’ Is More Chatter Than Splatter

Where recent TV has fetishized serial killers as fascinating geniuses, the new Netflix series focuses on the quest to figure them out.


After NHL snub, Russian league becomes springboard to Olympics

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Often seen as a destination for veterans or those struggling for ice-time in North America's National Hockey League (NHL), the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) has suddenly become a haven for Russians with Olympic aspirations.


ScienceTake: How Kangaroo Rats Escape Rattlesnakes

Kangaroo rats are so good at leaping away from rattlesnake strikes that they sometimes show off in front of their predators.

We had 5 minutes to escape, victim says

California resident Zach Block says he only had five minutes to evacuate his family from their home before it was destroyed by the deadly wildfires sweeping the region.

Turtles All the Way Down (Book)

Books of The Times: In John Green’s ‘Turtles All the Way Down,’ a Teenager’s Mind Is at War With Itself

Green’s follow-up to “The Fault in Our Stars” involves a small cast of tenderhearted, manically articulate teenagers and the mystery of a missing billionaire.

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Opinion: Our Changing Climate Mind-Set

Global warming rejecters like President Trump and Scott Pruitt are having more and more difficulty defending their position.

They purchased paradise ... then gave it all away

This is the story of the couple who purchased paradise, the neighbors who curse their name and the idea that might save life as we know it.


Indians 4, Yankees 0 | Cleveland leads series, 1-0: Jay Bruce, Who Escaped the Yankees in the Summer, Haunts Them in the Fall

The Yankees lost out to the Cleveland Indians in trying to acquire Bruce earlier this year, and he produced three runs in Game 1 of a division series.


Price Matters, in Patients’ Minds

When people believe a medicine is expensive, they may show a greater response to it.

Gunman planned to escape after massacre, sheriff says

The gunman in the Las Vegas massacre spent decades amassing weapons, and had rented a room with a view of another music festival the previous weekend, authorities say.


Inmates at South Carolina maximum-security prison try to escape

(Reuters) - Inmates at a maximum-security prison in South Carolina were trying to escape after a disturbance at the facility on Wednesday, local officials said.


BRIEF-AT&T CEO on Time Warner deal "mindful that we're buying a business that we don't have a lot of experience in"

* AT&T Inc CEO on deal with Time Warner- "mindful that we're buying a business that we don't have a lot of experience in - Vanity Fair Summit


Fed chief needs "flexibility of mind" in tough times: Fischer

LONDON (Reuters) - Any new head of the Federal Reserve will need to have the "flexibility of mind" to change tack during acute periods of crisis, the U.S. central bank's outgoing Vice-Chairman Stanley Fischer said on Wednesday.


Goldman CEO keeps open mind on digital currency bitcoin

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein said he is keeping an open mind on bitcoin after a media report that the investment bank was exploring a new trading operation dedicated to cryptocurrencies.


UPDATE 1-Goldman CEO keeps open mind on digital currency bitcoin

Oct 3 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein said he is keeping an open mind on bitcoin after a media report that the investment bank was exploring a new trading operation dedicated to cryptocurrencies.


Goldman's Blankfein keeps open mind on Bitcoin

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Lloyd Blankfein is keeping an open mind on bitcoins.

Nowhere to run: Shooter's angle prevented escape

CNN's Tom Foreman looks at why the Las Vegas shooting was so deadly.

9 luxurious fall escapes

There's no need to rough it while exploring the autumn leaves changing color. If you'd like a luxurious vacation this fall, here are nine hotels to consider.

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Next Arab Spring? Women’s Rights.

Saudi women can now drive. But Tunisian women could soon inherit fully — that’s a revolution.

Lithium (Drug)

Opinion: The Wrong Pill Can Play With Your Mind

For me, the same medication, in subtly different forms, was like night and day.


U.S. consumer spending barely rises; core inflation retreats

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending barely rose in August likely as Hurricane Harvey weighed on auto sales and annual inflation increased at its slowest pace since late 2015, pointing to a moderation in economic growth in the third quarter.

Books and Literature

Feature: The Mind of John McPhee

A deeply private writer reveals his obsessive process.